Interview with Britain’s Got Talent opera star Jonathan Antoine
PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 September 2014 | UPDATED: 09:32 29 September 2014
Once a shy teen with a hidden talent, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jonathan Antoine is now an opera star who is set to release his debut solo album.
The 19-year-old from Hainault, is eagerly awaiting his latest album, Tenore, which will be available to buy next month.
He said: “It is quite exciting, especially since I feel this album is a mixture of classical music with influences from some of the greats like Dean Martin.
“I think it works really well together so I hope other people do as well.”
Jonathan first realised he could sing when he went to Fairlop Primary School, Colvin Gardens, Hainault, and he was encouraged to perform in school productions.
He said: “We had a maths teacher called Mrs Masterson who also enjoyed running the shows in her spare time and she thought I had a really nice voice so she was quite important to me building up my confidence with my singing.”
When he started at West Hatch High School, High Road, Chigwell, he took up singing lessons and through these out-of-class sessions he met his future singing partner, Charlotte Jaconelli.
Jonathan said: “I didn’t apply to go on the show (Britain’s Got Talent) it was her! I had a Blackberry at the time so she BBM’d me and said that she thought it would be a good laugh and put our name down.
“We didn’t really expect anything to come out of it!”
But as soon as the duo finished singing their interpretation of the opera classic The Prayer, they were greeted with a standing ovation.
He said: “Before we went on stage I was absolutely terrified! So when we actually finished performing and received such an amazing reaction, we couldn’t believe it!”
Jonathan and Charlotte reached the grand final of the ITV talent show and were announced as the runners-up, marginally losing to dancing dog, Pudsey, and his owner, Ashleigh, back in 2012.
He said: “Ashleigh is so lovely and Pudsey is a very talented dog so I definitely don’t have any qualms about them winning.”
As soon as the show had come to an end, the pair went straight to the recording studio and started working on their debut album, which was released later that year.
Jonathan said: “It wasn’t as if we were asked if we wanted to do an album, everyone just presumed that because we went so far in the show that we must have wanted to make one. They were right! We did want to but we just didn’t expect it.”
The pair went their separate ways earlier this year but this has not stopped him as he has now been invited to sing at the iTunes festival at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, later this month, by operatic legend Plácido Domingo.
Jonathan said: “It was a great honour to be personally invited by Plácido as he has got such a big amazing voice so I am a little worried that I’ll be drowned out when I join him to sing!”
He will then go on to do his Balcony Roadshow tour where he will be performing in Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham and Cardiff.
He added: “I am very excited for the tour as it will be good to perform to people up and down the country and, hopefully, I’ll be able to do an even bigger tour in the near future.”
Jonathan’s debut solo album will be released on October 13 but is available for pre-order now.
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